League Update 37

21st January 2021

LJW Update – No. 37

On the move – ORT House, where the League has its office, has been sold and we have had to find new premises. As you can imagine, this has not been easy even without the problems the pandemic has causes.
As we no longer have staff, storage facilities have been investigated but we are very fortunate that the Sukkat Shalom Synagogue in Wanstead, East London, has offered us, for hire, one of their offices. This means that we have a home and an address.
When this pandemic is over, and we all know that this will happen, decisions can be made as to whether we find this office adequate or if we need to look elsewhere.
Our move will take place on Thursday, 28th January 2021 in accordance with the Government’s regulations but dependent on if there are further lockdown restrictions. Details of our new address will be distributed in the next couple of weeks when all arrangements have been finalised.
As some of you know, if you have been trying to give a donation to the League, this facility is not working correctly on our website. In fact, it hasn’t been functioning properly since before Christmas. It seems to have a mind of its own and will not allow any variations on the amount to be donated. It has taken all this time to find out what the problem is and for a quote for the work to be sent to me. The cost is astronomical and the Executive Committee will need to discuss this further.
If you would like to leave a donation and are encountering any problems, please contact who will give you the League’s bank details so that the donation can be paid directly into our bank account. If you wish to use the Gift Aid facility, a form can be emailed to you.

Subscriptions – Where possible, please pay your subscription to your group. If you are a Central member you can either pay through the website or you can contact who can give you the League’s bank details so that you can transfer the money. Of course, if you encounter any other problems, please contact Yvonne. If you have already paid your subscription, please ignore this information.


Jewish Care has a series of live events on Zoom next week. If you would like to attend any of these events, please contact or call 020 8418 2114 to register for free.

Monday, 18th January at 12 noon – Chair Yoga with Dance
Monday 18th January at 2.30pm – Art Appreciation : Edvard Munch
Tuesday, 19th January at 11am – Coffee & Chat: How important is your appearance?
Tuesday, 19th January at 2.30pm – TED Talk in memory of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks zt”l
Wednesday, 20th January at 10am – Fitness Tone Dance Class
Wednesday, 20th January at 2pm – Talk by Pam Fox: The Jewish hotels of Bournemouth
Thursday, 21st January at 2.30pm – In conversation with Nadia Ragozhina a senior journalist at BBC Works News and author of Worlds Apart.
Thursday, 21st January at 4pm – Chat with Robert Rinder – Judge and TV personality talks about his life and career.


Generation 2 Generation enables learning about the Holocaust through personal stories of survivors, presented by their children and grandchildren. These presentations cover a diverse range of personal experiences, integrating first-hand survivor testimony.
Through their work, they aim to ensure that the lessons of the Holocaust are learned: the need for tolerance, empathy and understanding of all groups in society; the fact that prejudice and discrimination can motivate genocide.

On Sunday, 17th January 2021 at 6pm they are organising an event which may be of interest.
G2G Presents – Passing the Baton – Holocaust Survivors in Conversation with Second and Third Generations will feature interviews with Holocaust Survivors and their descendants and consider this year Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) theme – Be the light in the Darkness.
To book a ticket for the free HMD Event: “Passing the Baton”, please click


If you would like to attend any of the meetings, please contact who will put you in touch with the Group Chairman to confirm your attendance. This procedure is purely for safety reasons so that only League members will be able to attend.

League Book Club – Monday, 18th January 2021 at 3pm.
If you would like attend, please contact for the Zoom login.

After their very successful “Fun Quiz” presented by Jeffrey Fisher, we would just like to let you know about their next meeting which will take place on Tuesday 2nd February at 7.30 p.m. The speaker will be Lady Nicola Mendelsohn, CBE, who is the Facebook Vice President for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She will be talking about “Living in a Digital World”.

Coombe & Surrey
Tuesday 26th January at 4.30pm. Judy Weleminsky will speak on ‘My Austro-Hungarian forebears – tales of Spanish gold, guinea pigs and an English Colonel’
Wednesday 17th March at 4.00pm. Jenny Jankel, chair of the Jewish Music Institute, on the famous band leader Joe Loss.

If your Group is having a Zoom meeting and you would like to have other League members attend, please let us know.

Emails and telephone calls will only be dealt with on Tuesdays and Thursday.

15th January 2021